Chris Rock Lands Two Stand Up Specials with Netflix for $40 Million

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It feels like an eternity since Chris Rock absolutely killed it with what I consider to be one of the best stand up specials of all time:  Bigger and Blacker.  It probably feels so long because it has in fact been nearly 20 years since that special came out.  But now Rock has signed on to do not one but two specials for Netflix.  Yes, Netflix.  Apparently they were in a bidding war with HBO and won by paying Rock $40 million to do two shows.  Good Lawd that’s a lot of money (as Rock might have said back in the day).  This is the age of the internet folks.

Chris Rock has aged and matured quite a bit since Bigger and Blacker launched him into mega star status.   His “Never Scared” special was decent but certainly not as raw.  And his movies in the last 10 years or so have shown his parental and marital sides.  It’s natural.  Adam Sandler has done the same thing.  It’s what getting older and being a parent does to you.

However, I’m still looking forward to seeing whatever this guy can dish out.  I hope he gets a little more hardcore and back to his younger days but I’m a dad, I’m older, and if he’s gonna go the mature route, I’m sure he’ll still kill it.  But just for nostalgia’s sake, here’s the entire Bigger and Blacker special from 1999.


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